Meet Some of Our Production & Welding Team Members

Felling Trailers has been proudly manufacturing trailers for over 45 years! Our company and employees have grown along with us.  Learn more about some members of our Production Team… From Welders to Paint & Blast, and Machine and Robot Operators, every member of our Production Team plays an integral part in getting a trailer made, assembled, and ready for our customers!  Interested in production careers or welding careers? Join our team – Reach out to us!

Production, Welding & Paint Careers

Wade SkillingsLead Machine Operator

Wade Skillings Felling Trailers Lead Machine OperatorWade worked as a press brake operator for a few months and then moved on to learn the operation and responsibilities of a saw operator. “My position changes were motivated by my supervisors. It was also an opportunity to learn other jobs and gain experience and knowledge in building trailers,” said Wade. Continuing to learn and grow, not long into being a saw operator, Wade was offered the opportunity to be trained on the operation and programming maintenance of the company’s Mitsubishi Fiber Laser. Today Wade is the lead laser operator for Felling’s dayshift Fabrication team.

Wade’s Story

 

Bob Vangstad, Paint & Blast Team

Bob Vangstad, Painter at Felling TrailersWhen we asked why Bob chose Felling to be where he worked, he said, “It’s a good place to work, it’s stable. The last company I worked for went broke. I needed a job quick and had lots of forklift experience, Felling was hiring, and it’s been a good place to be,” said Bob. Since Bob joined the Felling Trailers team over 20 years ago, he has seen and been a part of much of the company’s growth. “Felling has added on a lot since I first came here and hired a lot more people,” said Bob. In the last twenty years, the company has grown from a single location with less than 100 team members to two locations and nearly 300 team members. Bob has since retired from Felling Trailers, and we are so grateful for his loyalty for over two decades!

Bob’s Story

 

Chad Steinhofer, Lead Welder

Steinhofer, Chad Lead Welder Felling Trailers, Welding CareersThrough the years with Felling, Chad has had the opportunity to work in a variety of build areas, including Felling’s Specialty/ Custom area, where he currently resides as Lead Welder. As a Lead Welder, Chad manages his team and coordinates the welding of parts and components for their build area, ensuring that the product produced meets Felling Trailers’ quality standards and work is completed to meet the production schedule.

Chad’s Story

 

Brian Lawver, Weld Supervisor

Brian.Lawver Felling Trailer CareersAs Weld Supervisor Brian now oversees the weld production team for Felling’s Litchfield location. “I think the biggest motivator for change in position was because of our growth in Litchfield,” said Brian. Since joining the company the number of staff members has significantly increased from approximately 8-10 employees in 2012 to now 50 plus and continuing to grow. “There has been a huge amount of growth since I started in 2012. I think the transition from first-generation ownership to the second has gone really well! I feel this company is going in the right direction and has a very bright future,” said Brian.
Brian’s Story

 

Warren Weber, Production Manager

Warren Weber Felling Production ManagerWarren came to Felling Trailers with 20 plus years in product production and fulfillment experience, gained while working in the printing industry. With a degree in Industrial Technology, he started his career as an intern, then an Account Manager, and eventually became a supervisor, overseeing Customer Service and Quality Departments. During his time there, he developed and implemented processes to improve department efficiencies in quality and production. “After 25 years of corporate life, I decided to make a career change and have never looked back,” said Warren.

Warren’s Story

 

Jordan Bruggenthies, Paint & Blast

Felling Team Member Jordan BruggenthiesAs part of the paint team, Jordan is responsible for preparing and maintaining the paint system and equipment, along with the pre-paint prep of trailers and parts. Before any paint can be applied, the trailer and/or parts are steel grit blasted to remove rust and contaminants. After the steel has been prepared, the primer and paint are applied. Once painted, the trailers/parts are moved to the Drying room, where the paint cures and decals are applied. “I do just about everything in the paint department. I’m a painter, blaster, striper, touch-up guy, maintenance, I’ve been paint lead, and I’ve even worked in project weld (not part of the paint department),” said Jordan.

Jordan’s Story

 

Benji Hudalla, Final Inspector

Benji.Hudalla - Felling careersSince Benji joined the Felling Trailers team 21 years ago, he has seen and been a part of much of the company’s growth. “I am amazed by how this company has grown. When I started, we did all our sandblasting outside in a little pole shed and had a little paint booth. We used pressure pots and mixed our own material. Now we do our blasting in a large booth, we’ve added a large paint booth, and have our material electronically mixed,” Benji said.

Benji’s Story

 

Paul Pachan, Night Shift Supervisor

Supervisor Careers at Felling TrailersWhen asked why Paul chose Felling to be where he worked, he said, “A few friends of mine who worked at Felling told me that Felling was hiring and that they had good people working here. Working with good people makes a job an enjoyable place to be.” Since Paul joined the Felling Trailers’ team ten years ago, he has seen and been part of the company’s growth. “Since I started here, I have seen many additions to the shop, and we are still growing,” said Paul. During the ten years since Paul joined the Felling team, the company has added a second location and a Weekend shift, where team members work 36-hours and get paid for 40, providing flexible work options for each team member’s needs.

Paul’s Story

 

Grow with Us!

Are you interested in becoming part of the Felling Team? Learn more about welding & production careers at Felling Trailers and grow with us!  You can also read more of our Employee Success Stories or learn about Felling’s history.

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